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Sands Caravan and Camping Park is situated on the beautiful west coast of the Highlands of Scotland and has unsurpassed views of the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides. Sands is the ideal base to explore the best of Wester Ross, from the famous Torridon mountains in the south to the world renowned Inverewe Gardens in the north.

Bring your own caravan, motorhome or tent and set up where ever you wish, choosing from one of over 250 pitches and 150 hook-ups. Whether you want a sheltered spot amongst the sand dunes or a raised pitch with unrivalled views, our 55-acre site has something for everyone. Wherever you set up our award winning beach is a stone's throw away and the only restriction we enforce is that you keep a distance of at least seven metres from your neighbour.

Dogs are welcome on the site provided they are kept on a lead and dogs’ faeces picked up.

On site we have a licensed grocery shop open from April to October selling freshly baked bread, newspapers, groceries, caravan and camping equipment, toys, books, camping and Calor gas. There is also a fully licensed cafe on site which serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals daily.

Facilities on site include:
- Three heated toilet and shower blocks, including family and disabled facilities
- Games and TV room, including table tennis and a football table
- Covered indoor cooking & dining area.
- Laundry facilities, including 4 washing machines and 4 dryers. All coin operated.
- 150 electric hook ups
- ELSAN disposal, for the emptying of chemical toilets.
- Purpose-built motorhome service point
- EV charging point
- Play area, including swings, obstacle course, flying-fox and pump track
- Launching slip
- Dog walking area
- River fishing
- Nearby walks
- Free Wifi
- Cafe/restaurant with an adjacent takeaway van

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Cycle hire

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Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

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Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Drying room

Free wifi

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Local produce

Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

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Remote location

Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby



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  • Gairloch, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV21 2DL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 57.7407°N 5.7645°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Harbour Slipway — 31.9 miles
Train stations
Achnashellach Rail Station — 24.0 miles
Strathcarron Rail Station — 25.3 miles
Attadale Rail Station — 26.5 miles
Ferry ports
Gairloch Ferry Landing — 3.6 miles
Badluarach Ferry Landing — 17.8 miles
Scoraig Ferry Landing — 18.5 miles
Stornoway Airport — 38.5 miles


From Inverness, continue north on the A9 until the Tore roundabout after 12 miles (20km). Take the A835 towards Ullapool. Just after Garve in 19 miles (31km), the scenic route by Loch Maree can be taken by branching left onto the A832 and following this road through Achnasheen and Kinlochewe to Gairloch. This is 45 miles (72km). The route to the Sands Holiday Centre is on the B8021. This road branches to the left in Gairloch approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) after the pier. This route is shorter but contains a few stretches of single track road where passing places are used to allow oncoming traffic to overtake. They should also be used to allow faster following traffic to overtake.

The other route from Garve is to stay on the A835 until Braemore Junction 20 miles (32km) from Garve. Turn left onto the A832 and follow the road through Aultbea and Poolewe to Gairloch in 55 miles (88km). At the foot of the hill after entering Gairloch the B8021 to the Sands Holiday Centre branches to the right. This route is longer but is all double track road.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The area surrounding Sands offers many varied and unique activities for the whole family. On the first Saturday of July every year Sands hosts the Gairloch Highland Gathering. With events including a hill race, heavy athletics and a pet parade, as well as a family ceilidh on the Friday evening and over 18's dance on the Saturday evening, there’s something to entertain all members of the family!

Gairloch Harbour is home to many whale watching cruises that can take you around Gairloch Bay and into the Minch to spot whales, dolphins, porpoises and even basking sharks. In nearby Badachro there are Shellfish Safaris where you can reel in your own creel full of lobsters and prawns, or why not take one of the many fishing trips from the harbour.

The beautiful Flowerdale Estate, home to the MacKenzies of Gairloch, has a spectacular waterfall, an 18th-century house and plenty of exhilarating walks to suits all ages and abilities. Flowerdale also has a Victorian Ice House, one of the oldest barns in Scotland and a memorial to Gairloch’s Blind Piper.

Gairloch Trekking Centre, where beginners and more experienced riders can explore the stunning landscape and beach on horseback or improve their riding skills with lessons, has now been relocated to Red Point.

The Gairloch area has many sites of historical interest and our award winning museum explores the area’s history with exhibits including a croft house interior, a replica of a Highland shop and Rua Reidh Lighthouse’s original lens. In nearby Sheildaig the Fairy Lochs walk visits a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber plane and the Sands Archaeological Trail has examples of prehistoric round houses, turf dikes and old run rig systems.

The beautiful Loch Maree has many tales and legends surrounding it, and is rumoured to have been a site of importance for Saint Columba. If you visit Isle Maree you can see an ancient wishing tree and visit the graves of a prince and princess, but make sure you keep an eye out for Muc-sheilch, the loch's very own monster!

For rainy days there are plenty of indoor activities too: Gairloch Leisure Centre offers a range of activities, including archery, a climbing wall and badminton, and Poolewe Swimming Pool is only a 15-minute drive away. The Perfume Studio at Mellon Charles is Scotland’s only working perfume studio, and also has a cafe, gift shop and excellent views of Loch and Isle Ewe.

The Gairloch area is home to the world famous Inverewe Gardens, established by Osgood MacKenzie in 1862. Famed for its exotic plants from countries as diverse as Tasmania, New Zealand and Chile, the gardens also have an onsite cafe, short walks and a bird hide.

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Scotland’s oldest reserve established in 1951, offers woodland trails and mountainous walks, all situated within the ancient pine forests surrounding Loch Maree. Famed for its wildlife you’re likely to spot deer, dragon flies, golden eagles and crossbills, or you may even see a pair nesting sea eagles!

Must see

  • The Aros Experience (28.2 miles)

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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  • What attractions are near Sands Caravan and Camping Park? The area surrounding Sands offers many varied and unique activities for the whole family. On the first Saturday of July every year Sands hosts the Gairloch Highland Gathering. With events including a … Read more
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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

All guests must observe the following conditions in order to keep the friendly atmosphere.

1. Pets – While permitted on the park your dog must never be left unattended anywhere and must be kept on a short lead at all times. A dog walking area is provided to exercise your dog of the park. Owners will be responsible for cleaning any mess the dog makes.

2. Choosing a pitch – There are no designated pitches on the parks: all units when choosing a pitch must keep a distance of at least 7m (20ft) from their neighbour.

3. Tickets – All units must display a valid ticket, obtained at reception on arrival, on the car windscreen visible for inspection

4. Payment – Payment is made on arrival at Reception. Should you wish to extend your stay this must be done by midday.

5. Toilets – Use the toilet and shower facility with great care and consider the next person after you. Leave everything neat, clean and tidy after use and we will all be very happy. Children must not play in or around the toilet block.

6. Campfires – No campfires are permitted on the park, campfires on the beach while permitted must be cleared afterwards.

7. Noise – Please consider other guests and keep noise to a minimum especially after 10.30pm and before 8am.

8. BBQs – Raised BBQs are permitted, disposable BBQ’s must be kept of the grass to prevent damage to the turf.

9. Driving – Please adhere to the speed limit of 10 mph at all times on the park.

10. Waste & Rubbish - Wipes, sanitary waste, nappies, cloths, etc. must not be flushed down the toilets. These items must be wrapped and put in the bin provided. Emptying of the chemical toilets at the Elsan point. Emptying of waste into designated drain. Refuse area situated around the park. Please do not drop litter.

11. Discretion - We reserve the right to refuse admission, whether booked or not, to any persons we feel are unsuitable.

The owners of the park are absolved of all liability for accidents to caravans, tents, and guests and from any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.